May 21, 2013

Live Blog - Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium, Raj Shah: “All hands on deck”

Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder, Food Tank

Raj Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), described the Obama administration’s—and more broadly, civil society’s—efforts to fight global hunger as an “all hands on deck effort.”
He highlighted the Feed the Future program as President Obama’s landmark effort to fundamentally tackle global food insecurity. Shah emphasized that this program has been a key step to help lift millions from poverty, and been a critical piece of fighting poverty worldwide.

Fighting hunger encompasses three key areas: farm, market, and table. The goals, outlined by Shah, must be that “every farmer uses great seeds, every farming community is connected to markets, and every child has basic nutrition to grow and thrive.”

Much of the focus, says Shah, is on the farm and the market, which are both critical in achieving food security. However, Shah notes that long-term food security is not just defined by crop yields and access to markets, but includes humanitarian aid to the hungriest children and others in need.

Food Tank will be live-blogging presentations from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Global Food Security Symposium.


The Global Food and Agriculture Program aims to inform the development of US policy on global agricultural development and food security by raising awareness and providing resources, information, and policy analysis to the US Administration, Congress, and interested experts and organizations.

The Global Food and Agriculture Program is housed within the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. The Council on Global Affairs convenes leading global voices and conducts independent research to bring clarity and offer solutions to challenges and opportunities across the globe. The Council is committed to engaging the public and raising global awareness of issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.

Support for the Global Food and Agriculture Program is generously provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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